Rhinos, Shabanie draw

HARARE - Shabanie Mine could soon wave goodbye to the Castle Lager Premiership after they failed to collect maximum points in a crucial tie against Black Rhinos on Saturday following a 1-1 draw.

Farai Banda put the home side in the lead after 20 minutes when he headed in a Jameson Mukombwe corner kick but the Chinda Boys levelled the matters four minutes from the break through Tinashe Mupumha who tapped in a low shot inside the box.

With the result, Shabanie remain in 15th place with 33 points and now need to win all their remaining three games to survive the drop.

As for Rhinos, the draw also meant they remained in 10th place with 39 points and just need at least a point to be assured of premiership football next season. 

Rhinos coach Stanford “Stix” Mutizwa expressed disappointment towards his team’s inability to hold on to the lead which cost them two points.

“I’m disappointed; we scored a very good goal from a corner kick but we failed to maintain that lead as a result they came back seconds before half time and they equalised,” he said.

“I felt we weren’t supposed to concede that silly goal so I’m really disappointed with that.

“I’m particularly not happy because we failed to beat Shabanie Mine, we were working on the offensive side of things, doing a lot of scoring exercises the whole week but we failed to implement all that we learnt in practice throughout the week.”

Shabanie Mine coach Takesure Chiragwi said they will find comfort in that they managed to get a point on the road although he bemoaned missed chances.

“Not really (satisfied)...we created so many chances but couldn’t find the back of the net and that’s the nature of football,” he said.

“We gave our all but still failed to find that elusive winner and as a coach I should be happy because the reason why these boys are getting into these scoring positions means that we are putting in a lot of hard work in training.

“It’s unfortunate we dropped two points again but we have to accept the result and move forward. We will continue to fight until the last game of the season and see how it goes.

“I’m very confident that we will survive relegation because we are still in with a good chance, these guys really want to be in the PSL next season and you can tell even with their fighting spirit.”

The tie provided a lighter moment 10 minutes before the break when referee Nomore Musundire was forced to rescind a red card he had shown to Rhinos captain Brighton Chandisaita for a foul on Shabanie Mine’s Joe Nyabinde.

Musundire thought he had fished a yellow card from his pocket but he showed his maturity by rightly overturning his decision and cautioned Chandisaita.

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